Dec. 28, 2016

wild mint, Mentha canadensis

You may notice some latin names are not familiar. Way back when I learned about them, we were told they were useful because they were used everywhere, and didn't change. But now, with new chemistry and computing, scientist can much more accurately understand plant relationships. This often necessitates name changes. This is one I particularly get a kick out of. This plant was long known as Mentha arvensis, But it was recently discovered that our plants needed to be separated from Eurasian M. arvensis. When that happens, they look for the first time a separate name was published. Turns out that was Linnaeus in 1753. So much for modern chemistry! This plant grows everywhere except AL, FL, HI, LA, MS, OK , SC, anf GL. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/1/15